Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Child Beauty Pageants Banned In France

Don't expect Toddlers and Tiaras Paris anytime soon, because child beauty pageants may soon be illegal in France. Why? They sexualize kids, and France wants to put an end to that.

Image from Toddlers and Tiaras
The senate approved the bill to eliminate beauty pageants for those under 16, and if other votes go through, this could mean the end for the kids' beauty competitions.

Those who support the bill state that brains, not beauty, should be what's important, and we shouldn't tell a child that her beauty is what matters.

According to the New York Times, those who oppose the bill think the punishments listed within are harsh: up to two years in prison and a $40,000 fine for anyone who “helps, encourages or tolerates” children’s participation in the contests. Yeah, that's pretty serious.

Whether or not you support the bill, it's important to note that French beauty pageants tend to show more restraint than their American counterparts - girls in advertisements are dressed as fairy tale princesses, not in sexy, mature outfits, and bathing suit competitions are often excluded.

This bill, which stemmed from an ad featuring kids dressed in adult clothing, makeup and heels, was approved, but the bill recommending that nobody under 16 can model products meant for grown-ups was shot down, due in part to France's large fashion industry.

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